Land’s Sake and Experiential Education

Land’s Sake’s Green Power 2011 program has made several significant shifts in design and goals from previous years.  We now have full days, packed with amazingly unique variety of projects to engage these students(13, 14 and 15 year-olds) with the farm, the community and with each other.  Our first week started off very rigorously as we worked hard to show how, from growing food to serving it, we are  all connected with food access and hunger in our area.  We began with lofty goals and can happily say that we achieved them.  Here is a list of our goals and the projects we completed every day:

  • Monday: Work Hard.  We spent the morning “learning the ropes” for the week, introducing everyone to their goat and sheep chores and harvesting shelling peas to sell at the farm stand.  During the afternoon we worked on rehabilitating last years chicken tractors and making them better.
  • Tuesday: Work Together.  We amped up our efficiency and harvested 24 quarts of sugar snap peas for the stand, finished the chicken tractors and played team building games.
  • Wednesday: Show Leadership.  We harvested many, many pounds of fava beans, meticulously weeded the newly planted strawberries, and built structures for our goats to play on.
  • Thursday: Give back.  We traveled to Jamaica Plain and spent the morning preparing meals at Community Servings, an amazing organization that delivers meals to homebound clients with critical illnesses.  by this time in the week we were all looking forward to relaxing at the Weston Town pool for the afternoon.
  • Friday: Live Local.  We harvested, Garlic Scapes,  Fennel and Rhubarb from the Education Garden, and with the help of Ellen Touart-Grob our favorite local chef, prepared Land’s Sake veggies to share with the Land’s Sake farmers and staff.
In one week this young group of leaders contibuted to several local communities on a variety of levels. By staying focused on accomplishing our weekly work goals we were able to make a truly positive impact.  We were also focused on creating a unique Green Power community, one where we can have fun, reflect, work, and learn together.  Looking back on this week and all of our successes, we are all really forward to making this new program a leader in the field of experiential education.
– The Green Power Crew